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Some couples invest in their future in ways other than a diamond ring

What does an engagement ring look like? For many people, my wife included, the answer is a diamond ring. While that’s a concept that didn’t became widely accepted until the diamond industry’s marketing campaigns in the mid-1900s, it’s one that holds strong today. However, some couples are going in an alternative direction. The intention isn’t to be cheap, but rather to use the savings to make a different kind of meaningful investment in their future together.

Living

Storms move towards Mountain Area; snow could reach as low as 2,000 feet

Recent storms blanketed much of Eastern Madera County’s higher elevations in crisp white snowfall, making a great time for snowmen, hot cocoa, or heading out to Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area for a winter adventure. And a trio of freezing storms will arrive this week to bring snow as low as 2,000 feet elevation, allowing more opportunities to enjoy the frosty winter season.

Cathie Campbell

Chinese New Year

When January 28 rolls around, it will be time for the Chinese New Year. And we all know how much of a role delicious food plays in most celebrations. This year is Year of the Rooster, so if you plan to celebrate, you might have fun decorating with a rooster theme. Many people collect rooster figurines and other art, so they are sure to enjoy this. Here are some recipes for your consideration, even if you do not include the Chinese New Year in your holiday traditions.

Cathie Campbell

Don’t forget pickles and relishes

Most meals feature a star-of-the-show dish, such as a roast of some type. But those roasts can be greatly enhanced by being accompanied by tasty relishes or pickles. As an example, I recently was given an old, traditional recipe for mustard pickles, which were served along with roast turkey or pork. I used to love to see that bright yellow delight on the table at family gatherings, as I enjoyed it more than the main dish. Especially the cauliflower and pearl onions. I also love all sorts of other pickles and relishes. I have been known to eat corn relish right out of the jar and it never made it to the table. If you are a relish and pickle fan, it is my hope you find something here you will be inspired to try. I also hope you re all staying warm and toasty. And safe.

KOMB

What would you do if you were president?

Over the years The Fresno Bee periodically asks elementary school children what they would do if they were president. With the inauguration of our 45th president this month, it’s an appropriate question right now. Some of the previous answers: “I would tell everyone to be nice to each other.” “I will go to other places and say, ‘Live in peace; don’t fight.’” Excellent proclamations.

Education

Reality of cyberbullying

Nine students lay shot, scattered across the high school campus. Henry Curley (Greg) compresses the stomach of a foreign exchange student in an attempt to stop the bleeding.

Living

Rose Parade highlights memorable week

Yosemite High juniors Emily Anderson, 16, and Kelsey Montalto, 15, are back in Oakhurst after welcoming the New Year as members of the 255-piece Bands of America Honor Band that marched along Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena for six miles in the Jan. 2 televised Rose Parade.

Gregg Dodderidge

Remember Shania

I had something completely different in mind for this week’s column instead of what you are about to read. I am still in emotional shock at the tragic accident and death of Shania Costella Saturday night. As I write this, I cannot stop wiping away my tears. Why did this happen?

Cathie Campbell

January delights

While checking out national food days, I noticed that January 5 happens to be National Whipped Cream Day. My first thought was how whipped cream has so many possibilities for great recipes. I know that many people are gearing up for their annual New Year resolutions, which usually include weight loss, but I was still fascinated by the thought of delicious whipped cream (and whipped topping) desserts and treats. Yes, even though I need to lose weight myself, I am still drawn into the Dessert Dark Side!.I don’t stay very long, but even a short visit is so nice. Here’s hoping your holidays were amazing and your blessings were many. Hello, 2017.

Videos

Most babies should be exposed to peanuts earlier, according to new guidelines

New NIH guidelines mark a major shift in dietary advice. The guidelines are based on landmark research that found exposure to peanuts in the first year of life lowers a baby's chances of becoming allergic.
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